For the life of me I can't remember what any of the shops at groundfloor in that building were - apart from the Dickensian cobblers / shoe repair place in the alley that went under us...
Stones shoe store was right on the Darby/Queen Street corner. and went all the way along to the Darby Street entrance.
...because even the best-intentioned "experts" sometimes don't realise that they're conveying an offensive message about "if only YOU PEOPLE would make better choices". The realities of how and why we relate to our environments and eat certain things at certain times are more complex than that.
IMHE food can be up there with politics and religion as things we humans will flip into combat mode over.
Card-carrying scientist Dr Mike Joy posted this big-picture dietary link on his Facebook page yesterday. Would those who readily despair over the dietary intransigence of lesser mortals be prepared to modify their own eating habits for the greater good?
While I do describe myself now as a plant developmental biologist - I trained as a molecular biologist (gene jockey) which means I'm comfortable with most things about DNA and RNA but often less comfortable with the organism the DNA came from :).
Thanks Bart, that certainly rang a bell - and here it is, a few paragraphs into Chapter One of my very favourite science book, Colin Tudge's tour de force of taxonomy, The Variety of Life:
Indeed a breed of molecular biologists has grown up who actually cannot tell the difference between a frog and a toad—or, indeed, when you boil it down, between a toad and a toadstool—because, quite simply, the difference does not seem to matter to them. DNA is DNA is DNA.
Bear in mind also that while I've read widely I am a plant developmental/molecular biologist and not an expert on the gut microbiome so my opinion is my opinion.
So when you posted here a couple of years back about "Make cows burp less by making them more efficient (better grass or better bacteria) and the farmer gains", you'd have been speaking as one of the grass guys.
It also fascinates me that people are so happy to experiment on themselves. These are really experiments with a sample of one and huge observer bias. I get why people do it but then often those same people are very concerned about scientists or big pharma/business experimenting on them - it's ... odd.
I guess I'm incapable of arguing with libertarians in good faith
Surely that's, as much as anything, because the likes of Jamie Whyte are inevitably stalking horses. They can only be seen as engaging in good faith so long as their intellectual vanity blinds them to the cynicism of their real enablers.
I do find it strange that when I have suggested removing GST form certain common items I get told how impossible that is by many on this platform because we have such a "simple" tax system and that must be "a good thing". Only our "simple" tax system is extraordinarily unfair on the least well off sections of our society. Thanks Rogernomics.
Australia's exemption of food from the the GST introduced in 2000 came about thanks to the now electorally extinct Australian Democrats, who made it a condition of their support for what was an unpopular new tax.
From my recollection, the only casualties were the likes of boutique ice cream manufacturers, who found their products suddenly reclassifieed as confectionary, and therefore subject to GST.
While the Howard Government of the time made the usual noises about exemptions blighting the purity of a "simple" tax system, the GST-free status of food now seems pretty much set in stone.
Accusing his personal lawyer of many years of "name-dropping" and "misrepresentation" is merely Key's latest desperate tactic to try and distance himself from the Panama Papers fallout.
How are you going to keep people out of Auckland? Dawn raids? Internal passports?
Internal passports - if history's any guide, that's a slippery slope to starvation and cannibalism in the godforsaken hinterland:
"Many of the deportees were people in Moscow and Leningrad who had been unable to obtain an internal passport. The passportization campaign began with a December 27, 1932 decision by the Politburo to issue internal passports to all residents of major cities. One of their objectives was to "cleanse Moscow, Leningrad and the other great urban centers of the USSR of superfluous elements not connected with production or administrative work, as well as kulaks, criminals, and other antisocial and socially dangerous elements."
I used to do a monthly newsletter for the Council Housing Unit, which kept people informed and connected, they organised social events and created a community (heck the Library bus would pull up at least once a week - it doesn't exist now!) – then new brooms swept all that unnecessary expense away...
There was even a City Housing quiz trophy, which my late mum's team carried home on several occasions. A Council minibus would collect participants and drop them home afterwards. All gone now.
Nothing to see here folks, moving right along. Let's go bash some beneficiaries instead.
Here's Transparency International NZ Chair Suzanne Snively's open letter to John Key after the 2014 election. High-minded and positive stuff, though perhaps somewhat tainted by Snively having been outed only four months earlier for apparently exploiting her position for her personal benefit.
Transparency International NZ's media release from April 6 is pretty much an admission that the lofty principles promoted in their post-election open letter have been treated as window dressing by the Government. From touting for the role of John Key's Jiminy Cricket consciense in the golden years ahead, Snively seems to have moved on to hand-wringing over having been ignored.